(Ok not a physical shop!) (But everything else is!) VAISHALI PRAZMARI BRUSHES - THE PERFECT BRUSH - specially designed and lovingly created handmade brushes from best quality Kolinsky sable and swan feather by yours truly, for traditional miniature painting and contemporary watercolours
A P FITZPATRICK - they sell my brushes! As well as pigments from Kremer, and other brands that are not available elsewhere in the UK (including some nice oil paint suppliers). Friendly and highly knowledgeable staff.
CASS ART - cheap cheap! Especially if you are a student. No special brands here though but excellent for staples. Branches all over London including Hampstead, Charing Cross and Soho. Friendly staff in High St Kensington branch
SHEPHERD’S BOOKBINDING INC FALKINER’S FINE PAPERS – great selection of handmade papers, marbled papers etc plus samples of any paper you can think of. You browse in paper sample catalogues then order. Sometimes full of edgy-looking design students but don’t be put off; the paper is really worth it. Not cheap but a lovely shopping experience in Victoria
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM – go to their shop to stock up on agate eggs to use as cheap burnishers! And then go to their award-winning Vault and Minerals, Rocks and Gems section to see the real expensive things glittering in the dark.
CORNELISSEN – to feel like you’ve stepped back in time into an old colourman’s shop. Can order unusual pigments too plus some gilding supplies. Near the British Museum. Expensive so go when you want the experience. If you don’t have money then you can just go admire the window displays
SENNELIER in Paris Quai Malaquais – to feel like you’ve stepped back even further in time, the colour mixers used to wear lab coats and were like chemists. Can order pigments and then go and admire the Seine.
GREAT ART Kingsland Road - cheap cheap cheap! With huge selection of even special brands! Because it’s so huge, easy to get lost and spend ages here and end up buying loads (but that is true of all art shops I suppose); staff nice but not necessarily that specialist
COWLING AND WILCOX – not that cheap but super convenient as practically opposite PSTA. Lots of people do last-min dashes here. Good selection of portfolios if you’re interested. Fair selection. Branches in Highbury and Camberwell as well as nearby Shoreditch one.
ATLANTIS ART MATERIALS – cheap and great selection of quality materials and special brands. Quite a huge store so again plan this trip in advance with a full wallet. Nice staff, sometimes a bit dazed and confused but they mean well (they are all artists).
Entrance On Bonhill Street; 16-28 Tabernacle St, London EC2A 4DD